Training and Workforce Services

The State of Kansas dedicates resources for employers to train and retrain employees and provides significant employment assistance in delivering a skilled workforce. Our Workforce Services Division is located in our Department of Commerce; as a result, companies are receiving more value than ever from our workforce training programs and KANSASWORKS workforce services. Companies new to Kansas or Kansas businesses needing to expand or restructure may qualify for assistance under one of our workforce training programs. These flexible programs offer:
 
  • Services customized to your specific training needs, so your employees develop better skills faster.
  • A collaborative effort between your company, the Department of Commerce and training providers to train for the right employee knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Consulting and assistance in workforce training as you develop your employees’ competencies.
  • A streamlined process to apply for and access workforce development programs.
  • Personalized assistance with the reimbursement processes.
  • The support of KANSASWORKS workforce services in recruiting and screening skilled employees.

TRAINING TAILORED FOR BUSINESS RESULTS



The Department of Commerce offers professional consultations and a variety of options at no cost to assist your workforce training and employment needs. Whether you are training a start-up workforce, adding new jobs or retraining current employees with new skills, Commerce has resources to help you.

The Department adds value to companies doing business in Kansas by providing more options than ever. We can help you recruit and screen employees with competencies required for success in your company. Our Workforce Services Division is developing a growing reservoir of business-relevant training expertise within educational institutions tailored to help your company achieve results.

The Department of Commerce collaborates with you to design a unique training plan to meet the specific skill sets you require of your employees. When appropriate, we can offer financial assistance to offset your firm’s training costs through the most appropriate Kansas training program. A profile of each of these programs, eligibility criteria and information concerning how to apply for assistance is provided in a summary table later in this section.

The best news is that this list of services is by no means comprehensive. Our workforce services system is designed to ensure Kansas can continue to provide you with the qualified employees you need.

Workforce Training Program
Program 2009 2010 2011 2012  2013
Kansas Industrial Training Program 1,447 2,605  3,184 4,014 3,481
Kansas Industrial Retraining Program 4,717 4,039  4,180 3,766 3,756
Investments in Major Projects
and Comprehensive Training
10,259 11,537  12,081 7,210 n/a
 Total 16,423   18,181  19,445 14,990 7,237

Kansas Industrial Training Program (KIT) 
Designed For              New and expanding business. Customized to your company's needs.
Type of Training Employee Training: Employees on the payroll receive instruction on the company's equipment in a classroom or on the work floor. Each program is customized to match your company's specific need.
 Who is Eligible Basic Industries* creating at least one new job paying an average wage that meets the median wage for the county in which the project is located (excluding recalled workers, replacement workers or formerly existing jobs). 
 Covered Expenses We pay negotiated costs for instructors' salaries; training manuals and textbooks; supplies and materials; minor equipment; certain utility costs and curriculum planning and development. 
 Instructor Selection Instructors may come from your supervisory staff, community colleges, technical schools, consultants, vendors, etc. If desired, we can assist in locating qualified instructors.  
 Training Facilities State universities, vocational-technical schools, community colleges, or your facility. 
 Trainee Selection You retain complete control over your hiring specifications and final trainee selection. Assistance in screening potential trainees and employees is available.  
 How to Apply Contact a Workforce Services Representative at (785) 296-0607 to determine project eligibility. 
 *Basic Industries include manufacturing; multi-state wholesale distribution; regional or national service; agriculture; mining; research and development; interstate transportation; and tourism activities primarily aimed at or attracting out-of-state tourists.

 Kansas Industrial Retraining Program (KIR)
 Designed For         Restructuring companies whose employees are likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills. Customized to your company's needs.
 Type of Training Employee Training: Employees on the payroll receive instruction on the company's equipment in a classroom or on the work floor. Each program is customized to match your company's specific need.
 Who is Eligible Basic Industries* that are restructuring due to the incorporation of existing technology, new technology, product diversification or new production activities. Minimum training requirement of one existing employee. The average wage must meet the median wage for the county in which the project is located.
 Covered Expenses Same as KIT program: however, requires dollar-for-dollar match of funds from your company.  
 Instructor Selection Same as KIT program. 
 Training Facilities Same as KIT program. 
 Trainee Selection Existing employees likely to be displaced due to obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge. 
 How to Apply Same as KIT program.
 *Basic Industries include manufacturing; multi-state wholesale distribution; regional or national service; agriculture; mining; research and development; interstate transportation and tourism activities primarily aimed at or attracting out-of-state tourists.

STATE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS



Kansas’ public training institutions have developed strong partnerships with businesses throughout the state. We can offer your business hundreds of existing training programs or design one to meet your needs through 26 technical and community colleges and seven universities. Many companies have taken advantage of these valuable resources for standardized or customized workforce training.

Community and technical colleges serve business and industry directly through short-term programs for adults seeking competency-based instruction in order to meet the skill requirements of your company.

Institutions also provide occupational technical training for secondary, postsecondary and adult participants. One-third of community college students are enrolled in technical programs.

By partnering with a postsecondary training institution to combine classroom and on-the-job training, your employees are able to receive credentials in nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship programs. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven method for improving skills, knowledge, worker quality and employee retention. Seventy-five percent of Registered Apprenticeship sponsoring employers in Kansas are non-union employers. USDOL grant funding is currently available for Related Technical Instruction provided to dislocated workers hired in specific areas of the state.

State universities play a key role in Kansas’ economic development strategy, particularly in the crucial areas of research and continuing education. Our seven state universities award approximately 14,000 bachelors, 5,000 masters and nearly 1,200 doctoral degrees each year. 

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES


A wide variety of services are available through the Kansas Workforce Centers located throughout the state. Services can include: statewide and national jobs listings; applicant pre-screening and application acceptance; space to conduct interviews as well as staff to assist in scheduling; space for job fairs; applicant assessment services and testing; Veteran services; and current labor market information. These services are available to all Kansas employers at no cost and may be accessed through www.kansasworks.com or by contacting your local Kansas Workforce Center.